Five moments from the Capitol riot that I’ll never forget
Donald Trump hesitated and initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters breached the Capitol building and attacked police officers on 6 January last year, it is claimed.
A former aide of the president, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNN that Mr Trump was “very reluctant to put out anything when it [the Capitol riot] was unfolding.”
The aide used to work in the White House’s West Wing, the broadcaster said, and was reportedly close to the messaging that was being put out during the riot.
Meahile, Joe Biden gave his much-trailed speech marking the anniversary of the deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 – a searing address in which he condemned Donald Trump for watching TV during the insurrection as his supporters attacked Congress.
He also dismissed the idea that the insurrectionists were “patriots” as he urged Americans to protect democracy.
Mr Trump has responded by releasing three statements continuing to air his grievances and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election while calling for the “MAGA nation” to “rise up” against the Biden administration over vaccine mandates.
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Then and now: 3.9 per cent unemployment
Congressman Don Beyer, a Democrat who represents northern Virginia’s eighth district in the House of Representatives, has collated a number of then and now tweets from Republicans regarding this morning’s employment figures.
The contrast is, needless to say, not surprising but illustrative of the partisan divide over matters as straightforward and quantifiable as the economic wellbeing of the nation.
The main GOP account hails a 3.9 per cent unemployment rate under Donald Trump as a record low but under the current administration the same figure represents their “worst jobs report” and “Biden’s policies failed and he doesn’t care”.
In 2018 GOP chair Ronna McDaniel hailed 3.9 per cent unemployment as the lowest since December 2000 and “great news for our economy and workforce”, but paraphrased the GOP account’s line today.
Kevin McCarthy called the 2018 number “historic” but said the economy today was being “smothered”.
House Republicans declared their “pro-growth agenda” delivered in 2018 with a 3.9 per cent unemployment rate and that the economy was “booming”. In 2022 their tweet says this is “just the latest sign that [Biden’s] economic crisis continues”.
The US added far fewer jobs than expected in December as a surge in Covid cases began to sweep across the nation.
Dow Jones estimated 422,000 for the payrolls number and 4. per cent for the unemployment rate.
Oliver O’Connell7 January 2022 19:44
Injured Capitol Police officer sues Trump for inciting riot
In a filing in US District Court in Washington DC on 6 January, an attorney for Briana Kirkland claims that she…